What My 7 Day Fast Taught Me
In the month of January, I participated in a 21 day fast. I gave up fried foods. The fast was challenging and good, but I don’t think I benefited because of my lack of knowledge for fasting. On February 5th I started a 4-day challenge called Breaking the Cycles. One of the days, a big group of us fasted for one day. That one day made a huge difference. it created a hunger in me for more of God. I was able to control my flesh. It wasn’t until before the fast that someone in the group broke down the real reason of fasting. After that, I made a commitment to actually take all my fasts more serious. For example, if you fast from all foods for a day, the goal isn’t to just stop thinking about eating. The goal is to draw near to God in your times of weakness. Last Sunday, February 11th, a very good friend of mine asked me to do a 7 day fast with him. He said he was challenging God to show himself to him. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted God to show himself to me too, but I was a little iffy about it because I didn’t know if I could do 7 days. I prayed about it, asked God, and I agreed to do a 7 day fast. He decided he would fast from Facebook. I first decided to fast from Facebook and Snapchat and eventually decided on all social media. I am going to give a few points from each day of my fast.
***Note: I wake up every day to pray at 7:20 am or 9:00 am***
- I realized that I use social media too much to express my thoughts and feelings. I had to learn to express my thoughts and deal with them in other ways. This resulted to me talking to God a lot more frequently than normal.
- I started to deal with my emotions in an effective way. (More prayer, meditation, and writing)
- I was very observant this day to others around me. I was more engaged with others around me.
*Today and day 1 were very challenging. I experienced some irritation and moodiness.
- I started praying routinely twice a day and added in meditation every night. My normal morning prayer and every night before bed
- I learned you have to create your happiness. Don’t depend on others to make you happy
- You should always pray first thing in the morning. This helps you to set the tone for your day
- Fasting is not just refraining from something or finding something to replace what you are fasting. You should be drawing to God every moment and chance you get.
- You have to choose to love people. Love is a verb and a choice, not a feeling. You show love. Even if you don’t like your coworkers, family members, etc. you must love one another like Christ loved us.
- This day I was very appreciative. I spent a lot of time thanking God and observing.
- By this point, my phone was not my main focus.
- I was fasting to receive answers from God. This day God answered my prayers.
- I sought after God like never before and spent the most time with him on this day
- I realized this is the end of my fast, but the beginning of a new me.
On day 6 God finally answered my prayers. He woke me up at 4:15 in the morning. I went into prayer and God spoke to me. That was the best day of the fast. Not because God finally answered me, but because that day everything had settled in my brain. I just wanted God. Social media was not my main focus anymore. I was reading scriptures every day, but on day 6 I was meditating on them more. I was a praying woman before, but the fast showed me how to really pray! I learned so many things about myself I didn’t even know. My love for God has grown so much more.
Overall the fast was very benefiting. I learned so much more than what I put, but I didn’t want to make this post too long. I went in with a mindset of God is going to do something amazing and I am going to get even closer to God. I now have a hunger for God like never before. I challenge all of you to fast for maybe 1, 3, or 7 days. Give God all of your attention and draw closer to him.